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Cops Took More From Citizens Than Burglars Did Last Year Via Asset Forfeiture

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
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When you think about getting property stolen, you think about criminals, but maybe you should be thinking about the police. Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property—often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest—has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the criminals a run for their money—and winning.

According to a new report on asset forfeiture from the Institute for Justice, police seized $4.5 billion in cash and property through civil forfeiture last year. That exceeds the $3.9 billion worth of property stolen in burglaries during the same period. The valuation of burglary proceeds is from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.

Now, not every dollar seized by police is “stolen.” Some of it is seized legitimately from real criminals who should pay for the damage their crimes cause. But in too many cases, property is seized from people who have not been convicted of anything, like Charles Clarke.

Clarke, a 24-year-old college student, was relieved of $11,000 in cash by federal agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after a ticket agent reportedly told them he smelled like marijuana. They stopped and searched him at the airport, found no drugs or other banned items, and never charged him with a crime, but they took his money.

Clarke says the cash was money he had saved over five years for college tuition. A federal judge this month said he was inclined to believe Clarke and has ordered the feds to actually show he made the money from drug dealing, as they claimed.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/cops-took-more-from-citizens-than-burglars-did-last-year-via-asset-forfeiture/


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10 Problems Only Stoners Understand

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Marijuana Legalization Initiative In Massachusetts Poised For 2016 Ballot

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

massachusetts marijuana campaign 2016A proposed initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts is poised for the November 2016 ballot after proponents submitted their final petition signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth on Tuesday.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 103,000 total signatures, and 64,750 valid signatures of registered state voters are required to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The Secretary of the Commonwealth is expected to validate the signatures by mid-December, at which time the petition will be transmitted to the Massachusetts Legislature. If the legislature does not adopt the measure, initiative backers must collect 10,792 additional signatures in June 2016 to place the initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

“This is direct democracy in action,” said campaign manager Will Luzier. “People can see that our current prohibition policy isn’t working, and they’re taking action to replace it with a more sensible system. Based on the level of support and enthusiasm we saw during the petition drive, voters are ready to end prohibition and start treating marijuana more like how our state treats alcohol.”

The proposed initiative would:

  • Allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes, similar to home-brewing; 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-initiative-massachusetts-2016-ballot/


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U.S. Postal Service Warns Newspapers Not to Run Pot Ads

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

While almost everyone is aware by now that conflicting state and federal law makes it highly illegal to transport weed through the mail, some have been surprised to learn that it is also apparently a violation  to use the United States Postal Service to distribute advertisements for the marijuana industry.

A report published this week in The Bulletin indicates that the U.S. Postal Service in Portland recently published a warning to newspapers across the city suggesting that running ads pertaining to cannabis might bring some heat down courtesy of the federal government. The memo, which uses a snippet from the U.S. Code on Food and Drugs, says running an “Ad in any publication with the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substances” is a violation of federal law. 

Of course, this development invoked a great deal of panic in unsuspecting publishers doing business in the Portland area. Some of the newspapers there have been working with marijuana operations for years marketing their goods and services in the same way they would with other industries. However, the message coming from the USPS, which calls its recent memo a “reminder of existing federal law,” is that all of these transactions have been against the law.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-postal-service-warns-newspapers-not-run-pot-ads


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